CAIN Newsletter: 28-Oct-94 #0107

From: Atari SIG (xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 11/05/94-12:26:01 PM Z

From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Subject: CAIN Newsletter: 28-Oct-94 #0107
Date: Sat Nov  5 12:26:01 1994

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            CAIN Online Newsletter Published and Copyright (c) 1994
                              by Cain Publishing

   Voting/Conferences.........Mark Leair
  Assistant Editor
   SIG Manager/Jaguar Area....Len Stys
  8-Bit Support Area..........Michael Current
  8-Bit Technical Forum.......Craig Lisowski
  16/32-Bit Support Area......Thomas Main
  16/32-Bit Support Area......Bruce D. Nelson
  Atari Classic Gaming Corner/
  Portfolio Support Area......Fred Horvat
  Lynx Support Area...........Barry W. Cantin

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                               Table of Contents

>From the Editor..........................................The CAIN Newsletter
                                                                  -Mark Leair

>From the SIG Manager......................The Cleveland Free-Net & Atari SIG
                                                                    -Len Stys

Free-Net News .....................................CAIN Now Available on WWW!
                                                                   -Atari SIG

Atari News...........................................Sega and Atari Agreement
                                           Atari Joins Forces With Virtuality
                                                         Atari Uses Biovision
                                              Toys "R" Us Stocks Up on Jaguar
                                               Alien Vs. Predator Comes Alive
                                               Sega and Atari Work Out a Deal

8-Bit Computers Support Area...............................8-Bit Product News
                                                             -Michael Current

16/32-Bit Computers Support Area..........Bulletin Board Messages of Interest
Portfolio Support Area........................................Dealers/Support
                                                                 -Fred Horvat

Atari Classic Gaming Corner..............Playing European Games in the States
                                                                 -Fred Horvat

Lynx Support Area...................................................Lynx News
                                                              Lynx Commentary
                                                             -Barry W. Cantin

Jaguar Support Area...............................................Jaguar News
                                                      Letter Writing Campaign
                                                            Jaguar Commentary
                                                                    -Len Stys

Upcoming Atari Shows......................................Atari Show Calendar
                                                                  -Mark Leair

Voting Issues and Results............Reader and User Opinion Poll Information
                                                                  -Mark Leair

General Information of Need........................How to Contribute to CAIN
                                                            Article Requests
                                                                 -Mark Leair

>From the Editor
Mark Leair

Well, autumn is here and so is issue 7!  Now that te days are getting shorter
and the weather is getting colder, more and more people are remaining indoors. 
This allows for more time to spend on that Atari computer that collected dust
throughout the summer months.  One strong indication that more people use
computers in the "cold months" is BBS usage.  Because more people remain  
indoors when it's cold, BBS usage is always higher in autumn and winter than in
spring or summer.  Therefore, fall is the perfect time for user group
"membership drives".  If you're an officer of a user group, why not round up
your members and plan a "membership drive" for your user group?  "Membership
drives" can be as simple as distributing flyers that advertise your group, or 
as complex as hosting a computer show.  One year my old user group joined 
forces with other user groups in order to host a computer fair in a local mall. 
The results were fantastic and our membership rose!  With the holiday shopping
season just  around the corner, malls will soon see an increase in patrons;
making them the ideal location for such an affair!  Although Atari User Group
membership has declined in recent years, a little extra effort on the user
groups' part can locate those Atarians who are isolated in a predominate 
PC/MAC world.

                                                            -Mark Leair
                                                             CAIN Publisher

>From the SIG Manager
Len Stys

The months of November and December will be a busy time for Jaguar owners.
This is because over a dozen Jaguar games are suppose to be released during
this time.  The people of CAIN and the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG have
a few things planned as well. 

If you are familiar with the Jaguar, Lynx, Falcon030, ST/TT computers,
8-bit computers, and classic game systems and can write fairly well,
please contact me.  I am anxious to hear from you.  

This is the 7th issue of CAIN Newsletter this year.  This number means that
we have become a serious publication.  We also have a lot of readers of
CAIN Newsletter.  And our subscription list continues to grow.  We hope to
continue to offer quality publishing for a long time to come.

If you are going to be at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 1995
in Las Vegas (from Friday, January 6 through Monday January 9), please
contact either Mark or myself.  Atari Corp. is scheduled to be there.  The
booth number is 6939.

Free-Net News 

CAIN Now Available on the WWW!

CAIN's newsletter, the "Who's Who in the Atari Community" listing, and links to
CAIN's Atari S.I.G. on the Cleveland Free-Net are now available on the World
Wide Web.  To access this web page:

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Atari News

Sega and Atari Agreement
Fred Horvat

     A couple of weeks ago Atari Corporation agreed to make it's 
library of patents available to Sega Enterprises Ltd.  This was in 
return for Sega's purchase of 4.7 million shares, about 7.5% of Atari's 63.5 
million outstanding shares, for $40 million.  Sega will also have to 
pay Atari $50 million in royalties on Atari's patents for the next 
seven years.  Ultimately, Atari will drop the patent infringement lawsuit that
is pending against Sega.

    What does this mean for both companies?  For one thing it takes 
both of them out of court.  This will allow them to concentrate on producing 
the best video games possible.  More importantly, this gives Atari $90 
million in cash, which should add life to Atari.  Besides having more 
capital to invest towards the Jaguar, the money will help solve cash flow
problems.  Perhaps LYNX games that were ready to go into production will
actually be produced now.


      SUNNYVALE, CA (October 25, 1994) -- Atari Corporation
 (AMEX:ATC), the name that created the video game industry, has joined
 forces with Virtuality Group plc, the leader in virtual reality
 technology and arcade games, to create the world's first immersive
 virtual reality games for the home market.
     According to the just signed agreement, Virtuality will finalize
 development of a consumer version of its head mounted display
 technology (virtual reality headset) that Atari will manufacture and
 market for use with the Atari Jaguar 64-bit multimedia home
 entertainment system. Terms of the agreement call for Atari to
 contribute toward the development cost and pay a license to
 Virtuality to produce and market the product. The virtual reality
 headset will be available to consumers by Christmas 1995 with a
 targeted price of less than $200.
     "The Atari Jaguar platform is the only 64-bit system currently on
 the market and is ideally suited for immersive, virtual reality
 games," said Jon Waldern, chief executive officer of Virtuality.
 "This deal propels both companies to the forefront in the home market
 for virtual reality gaming. Thanks to the Atari Jaguar, fans of our
 many hit arcade titles will soon be able to play their favorite
 virtual reality games at home."
     Atari President Sam Tramiel explained that both Atari and
 Virtuality have worldwide reputations for offering the most advanced
 gaming technology and performance. "Combining Virtuality's ability to
 deliver low cost solutions for virtual reality technology
 applications with the processing power capabilities of the 64-bit
 Atari Jaguar will result in a very high quality virtual reality
 experience at a very affordable price," he said.
     Tramiel added, "By Christmas 1995, Jaguar owners will already be
 wearing their virtual reality headsets and playing virtual reality
 games at home. While others in the industry play catch up trying to
 offer 32 and 64-bit systems, Atari is extending our technological
 advantage over our competitors by delivering a high-quality virtual
 reality experience."
     Atari Corporation markets interactive multimedia entertainment
 systems, including Jaguar, the world's only 64-bit game system, and
 the only video game system manufactured in the United States.
     Virtuality Group plc is the world leader in the design of high
 qualty virtual reality technology, arcade gaming systems and



 TAPING SESSION for new Atari video game. 
 Atari producers are using live Martial Arts experts and
 BioVision(tm) full motion technology to create the most
 accurate and realistic Martial Arts fighting game ever
 made. Thanks to BioVision technology and the Jaguar's
 64-bit power, the characters in the "Fight For Life"
 video game will have fluid and natural motion.
 At the video shoot, Martial Arts experts will perform the
 required 250 different moves (attack, defense, collision,
 moving, etc.) needed for the game's 3D animation.
 25 different markers will be attached to each of the
 Martial Arts experts. Signals from each marker will be
 picked up by the camera and sent to a central system
 (monitors will be set up to view this action). The rate
 of the shooting is an incredible 200 frames per second.
 All the data will then be processed, adjusted and
 modified for the Jaguar's 3D engine.
 Atari has invested in BioVision's advanced production
 technology to fully utilize the superior power of the
 Atari Jaguar 64-bit technology. Although BioVision's
 technology has been used to create other video games, it
 has never been used to produce 3D games for a system as
 powerful as the Jaguar 64-bit system.
 BioVision offers state-of-the-art motion capture service
 for the Video Game Development and Computer Graphics
 Animation Industries. BioVision software in conjunction
 with 3D optical data acquisition system, captures,
 calculates and animates motion.


Atari Launches Multi-Million Dollar Marketing Campaign For Jaguar

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (October 10, 1994) -- Toys-R-Us isn't waiting until
late 1995 to offer 64-bit video game systems in its stores. The retail
chain has agreed to stock the award-winning Atari Jaguar in nearly 300
Toys-R-Us stores. The Jaguar is the only 64-bit video game system in
the world.

"Our competitors want consumers to wait until next Christmas to
experience the power of 64-bit video games," said Sam Tramiel,
president of Atari. "But why should they wait when they can walk into
a store and buy the most advanced video game system now?"

The Atari Jaguar currently is sold in pproximately 3,000 retail
outlets across the United States with new accounts continuing to sign
up as sales build toward the holiday buying season.

Atari certainly isn't waiting for game enthusiasts to discover the
Jaguar. On September 12, Atari launched an aggressive, multi-million
dollar advertising campaign.

The campaign kicked off with a humorous new commercial in which a
teacher attempts to explain 64-bit technology to a group of dim witted
video game marketers who can't seem to tell her which of three numbers
-- 16, 32 and 64 -- is larger. The advertising schedule includes
national cable advertising in addition to programming in 19 of the top
spot markets that will deliver more than 300 million targeted media

More than 30 Jaguar game titles are scheduled for release leading up
to the holiday season. Expected hits include Alien vs. Predator,
Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story, Doom, Troy Aikman Football, Iron Soldier
and Kasumi Ninja.

Since its release in November 1993, Atari's Jaguar game system has
been named the industry's "Best New Game System" (Video Games
Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (Game Informer) and "1993
Technical Achievement of the Year" (DieHard GameFan). The Jaguar is
the only video game system manufactured in the United States.

Atari Corporation markets interactive multimedia entertainment
systems, including Jaguar, the world's only 64-bit system, and the
only video game system manufactured in the United States. Atari is
headquartered at 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94089.

# # #

Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered
trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks
or registered trademarks of their owning companies.


 Video Game Magazine Reviewers Raving about Jaguar's "Best
 Game to Date"
 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (October 3, 1994) --  Move over Mortal
 Kombat II, on October 21 the most sought-after video game
 will arrive in stores across the country. The advanced
 first-person perspective version of Alien Vs. Predator,
 available only on the award-winning 64-bit Jaguar system by
 Atari, is already being considered one of the best game
 titles in video game history by people "in the know" -- the
 video game reviewers.
 "Alien Vs. Predator is the best 3-D action game that I have
 ever played -- the graphics and game play are second to
 none," claimed Editor-in-Chief Dave Halverson of Die Hard
 Game Fan. "If you own a Jaguar, you must own this game, and
 if you don't own a Jag, well, it's time to get one. More
 games are on the way!"
 Roaring into stores on October 21 at a suggested retail
 price of $69.99, Alien Vs. Predator for the 64-bit Jaguar
 blows away prior versions of the game with the most
 realistic graphics available, amazing digitized sound
 effects and increased play variety. Alien Vs. Predator is a
 Twentieth Century Fox licensed property based on the films
 of the same names. Gamers can choose the Predator, Alien or
 the Colonial Marine as they battle through different
 theaters of combat including the Predator Ship, the Marine
 Training Base and the Alien Ship, enjoying hours of
 different types of play.
 "I was overwhelmed by the cutting-edge graphics and the
 innovative game play of Alien Vs. Predator -- no question,
 it's the best Jaguar game to date," said Paul Anderson of
 Game Informer. "The sheer size of Alien Vs. Predator is
 amazing -- I've already spent 40-plus hours playing as the
 Marine and haven't even tried the Alien or Predator
 assignments. Alien Vs. Predator will keep the attention of
 even the most seasoned game players."
 "The sophisticated technology of the Jaguar platform allows
 for the best in stop-motion animation, giving each
 character smooth, realistic movements, and digitized sound
 effects that provide a dynamic audio environment," said
 software developer Purple Hampton. "Alien Vs. Predator is
 the best demonstration to date of what 64-bit technology
 can provide in terms of sophisticated graphics, sound
 quality and game play."
 Atari's Jaguar game system has approximately 30 software
 titles planned for release before the holiday season.
 Popular titles in the works include Dragon - The Bruce Lee
 Story, Doom, Rayman, Troy Aikman Football, and Kasumi
 "We believe that Alien Vs. Predator has true mega-hit
 potential," said Atari Corporation President Sam Tramiel.
 "This is a great example of Atari developing new games that
 use the full technological capacity of the 64-bit Jaguar
 and taking home video games above and beyond where they've
 been to date."
 In support of this landmark game and the Jaguar system,
 Atari has launched an aggressive, multi-million dollar
 advertising campaign that includes a specific television ad
 for Alien Vs. Predator. The advertising schedule includes
 national cable advertising in addition to programming in 19
 of the top spot markets that will deliver more than 300
 million targeted media impressions.
 Since its release in November 1993, Atari's Jaguar game
 system has been named the industry's "Best New Game
 System" (Video Games Magazine), "Best New Hardware System"
 (Game Informer) and "1993 Technical Achievement of the
 Year" (DieHard GameFan). The Jaguar is the only video game
 system manufactured in the United States.
 Atari Corporation markets interactive multimedia
 entertainment systems, including Jaguar, the world's only
 64-bit system, and the only video game system manufactured
 in the United States. Atari is headquartered at 1196
 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94089.
 #  #  #
 Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a
 registered trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products
 named may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 owning companies.
 ALIEN(tm) and PREDATOR(tm) are trademarks of Twentieth
 Century Fox Film Corporation and used under sublicense from

 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (September 28, 1994) -- Sega Enterprises,
 Ltd., and Atari Corporation (AMEX:ATC) announced today an
 affiliation that includes several agreements designed to
 serve as the basis of future working arrangements between
 the two video game manufacturers.
 Under the terms of the agreements:
 -- Sega will receive worldwide, non-exclusive rights with
    certain exceptions to Atari's extensive library of
    patents, a number of which extend beyond the turn of the
    century. The agreement covers Sega, its subsidiaries,
    its licensees, and its customers for more than 70 U.S.
    patents and applications, for a fully prepaid royalty to
    Atari covering the remaining 7 years of certain patents,
    amortized at approximately $7 million per year. Atari
    will therefore receive a total of $50 million, less
    Atari's contingent attorney fees and costs.
 -- Sega will purchase approximately 4.7 million shares
    of Atari common stock for a total price of $40 million.
 -- Both companies will enter into software license
    agreements for a specified number of games that would be
    made available on each company's present and future
 -- Atari will dismiss its legal proceedings against Sega,
    and each company will release all claims against the
 The agreements are subject to approval by the United States
 Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission
 under Hart-Scott-Rodino and to certain other conditions.
 "We are extremely pleased with this relationship that has
 potential long-term benefits for both companies," said
 David Rosen, Co-Chairman of Sega of America.
 "We at Atari are very pleased with this new affiliation.
 The increased cash position will be used among other things
 to enhance our marketing position this fall," said Sam
 Tramiel, President, CEO of Atari Corp.
 Atari designs and markets interactive multimedia
 entertainment systems and is located in Sunnyvale,
 Sega Enterprises, Ltd., Tokyo, is a nearly $4 billion
 company, recognized as a leader in interactive digital
 entertainment media with operations on five continents.


 Innovative Deal Brings Hot Games To Both Jaguar Fans and
 PC Game Players

 SUNNYVALE,  CA (September 26, 1994)  -- Atari and Williams
 Entertainment have agreed to work together to bring vastly
 enhanced versions of Williams' popular, classic arcade
 games to the Atari 64-bit Jaguar system and high
 performance PCs.

 According to the licensing agreement, Atari will exploit
 the Jaguar system's 64-bit power to create new versions of
 such Williams' hits as Joust, Defender, and Robotron.
 These new games will offer features such as first-person
 perspectives in a realistic, three-dimensional environment.
 Atari then will market these games for its Jaguar system,
 while Williams will license the new versions to market them
 for high performance PCs. "64-bit power will make our best
 games even better by creating a compelling, immersive,
 experience for players," said Byron Cook, president of
 Williams Entertainment. "We are very excited about the
 Atari Jaguar 64-bit platform and are happy to support it
 with our finest titles."

 This is not the first cooperative venture between Williams
 and Atari. Williams and Atari have been promoting the
 Jaguar 64-bit system with Williams' Troy Aikman NFL
 Football through radio promotions in 25 top markets
 nationwide. Williams will make the game available in
 November on the Jaguar.  Williams also is publishing a
 Jaguar version of its popular game Double Dragon Five,
 which also will be available in November.

 Williams Entertainment Inc. is the new home video
 subsidiary of WMS Industries, the company that created
 Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam video games.

 Since its release in November 93 Atari's Jaguar game system
 has been named the industry's Best New Game System (Video
 Games Magazine), Best New Hardware Systems (Game Informer)
 and 1993 Technical Achievement of the Year (Die Hard Game
 Fan). Jaguar, the world's first 64-bit video game system,
 retails for $249.00 and is the only video game system
 manufactured in the United States.

 Atari Corporation, based in Sunnyvale Calif., designs and
 markets 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems
 and video games.


 Jaguar is a trademark for Atari Corporation. Atari is a
 registered trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products
 named may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 owning companies.

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8-Bit Computers Support Area
Michael Current

Once again, there have been many news releases since last issue.  Let's
get right to them! 

8-Bit Product News
Authors and software wanted ...

From: (David Davies)
Date: 5 Oct 1994 10:58:41 -0500


The Atari Classic Programmer's Club has launched a new scheme aimed at trying
to increase registrations for non-UK resident Shareware authors. The scheme
involves authors registering their software with us and we will then handle
all UK user registrations on the author's behalf.

Part of this service is to supply any full versions of Shareware programs to
registered users within the UK. All the author has to do is keep us supplied
with any new versions of their software as soon as they become available.

The benefits to the author is that they do not have to spend a lot of time
with duplicating disks, getting manuals done and sending software off to
their registered users ... we will do all that.

The benefits to the UK user is that they do not have to worry about sending
money overseas or whether the author still lives at the address given in a
piece of software 5 or more years old!

If you would like to know more, have any questions, or would like to
discuss a possible arrangement with any software you have written, then you
can send a message to the e-mail address below.

We are continuously on the lookout for both new and existing software for
release/import into the UK. If you are interested in negotiating a marketing
agreement for your software then please get in touch by e-mail.

STILL AVAILABLE: Swift Spreadsheet
UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Menu Print (Out November)
                   Helter Skelter

Capel Coch
Gwynedd  LL77 7UR


Menu Print - Final Specs

From: (David Davies)
Date: 5 Oct 1994 05:58:02 -0500

Good grief!! A whole year gone by and Menu Print still isn't finished.

Actually, it is now nearing completion since it has to be ready by AMS 8
next month. It had been hoped to include SpartaDOS, DOS 3 and DOS XE
support but there just isn't enough time. If the first release version
does well enough, then I'll produce an upgrade to include these and
other menu/DOS systems next year.

So, the final specs are as follows:

1. Menus and DOS systems supported include - Rob C, Multiboot, Howfen
Menu 3.0, K&D Menu, Atari Disk Utilities, DOS 1, DOS 2, DOS 2.5, DOS XL,
MachDOS, SuperDOS 5.0, MyDOS 4.50, Transdisk IV XL and Transdisk IV XT.

2. Support for BOOT disks is also included. The package will come complete
with a FREE ID Library disk which will contain recognition data for a large
number of commercial BOOT disks. Other ID Library disks will follow.

3. Supports Atari Printers - not something you see every day!! :)

4. Easy to use with a pop-up menu display. The Database itself is
particularly impressive (well, I think so anyway).

5. All Database entries are made by tagging from a list, but there is
a provision for fully manual entries if you have disks not supported by
the system.

Price is yet to be set as it will more than likely be released through
Micro Discount in th UK.

If you have any queries or would like to express an interest in
purchasing a copy then you can contact me via the e-mail.

David Davies
The Atari Classic Programmer's Club

STILL AVAILABLE: Swift Spreadsheet
UNDER DEVELOPMENT: Menu Print, Helter Skelter, Loopz

FTe announces MIO II

From: F Tooned <>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 94 09:09:07 -0500

Hi everyone,
Well, it's been a very busy summer here at FTe...
Even though the MARS 8 release has been delayed,
we've been working on quite a few other projects
in order to set some new standards for its' release.
One of these is the MIO II.
How would you like to attach a "new" IDE hard disk
to your 130XE or 800XL for under $100?
Our new interface plugs into the PBI of your computer,
and simply requires an IDE hard disk to operate.
You don't need an external case or power supply.
In fact, our unit will power your computer in addition
to the interface AND the Hard Drive.
We are taking advance orders for the month of
October for $79.95 (plus $5.00 shipping), for it's
debut in November.
After October 31st, the MIO II will be $99.95.
The power supplies are even switchable to 230V,
for our friends overseas.
Please direct inquiries here, as it's been difficult
to keep up with the phones in our offices lately.
Stay Tooned, as there are more suprises on the way!!
                    Mike (FTe)


From: Christian Nitsch <Christian.Nitsch@muenst.Boerde.DE>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 1994 11:58:00 GMT

Hello Users of ATARI 8 BIT Computers! Do you know ABBUC? It's the
world greatest club for ATARI XL/XE. You pay 5 German marks per month.
Every Quartal, you get the Magazin+Disk(many good Programms!) Every half
jear, you get a special-Magazin with a gratis programm which costs much
money, if you buy it! The authors of this programms are mainly members
of the ABBUC and give them only to other members of the ABBUC. There 
many services for ATARI XL/XE too! For example:a great PD-Pool, a
repair-service for Computers and Floppys, Help Services for many
Write to:Wolfgang Burger
         Wieschenbeck 45
         D-45699 Herten
Or call the ABBUC-Mailbox:7.00 pm - 7.00 am:300-14400 bps,8/n/1 with the
following number:Germany 02366/39623
Its great to be a member of the world greatest ATARI XL/XE club. Its
international! There are members of Poland, Hungary, Greatbritain, USA
Waiting for you
the member Christian Nitsch

Bad refund checks: Unicorn responds

From: (Pegasus Press)
Date: 26 Sep 1994 13:45:22 -0500

We'd like to take a moment to clear up a misconception that might exist
in the Atari 8bit community.  A handful of refund checks were returned
from our bank because of our error. We wish to make it clear that Mr.
Benjamin Poehland,  formerly the Managing Editor, is in no way
responsible for the failed payment of refunds, and we regret any
inconvenience to the former Staff and subscribers of the magazine.
Anyone who was affected and has not yt received a refund should contact
us at 3487 Braeburn Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or call (313) 973-8825. 

News-Paper back issue clearance

From: dx107@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Dean Garraghty)
Date: 24 Sep 1994 10:53:14 -0500

Don't forget that we have about 50 sets of our News-Paper back
issue packs to clear. Get all 5 issues for just $10 including
Air Mail shipping! Bargain.

As usual, pay in CASH in US$.

Dean Garraghty Software (D.G.S.) -
D.G.S., 62 Thomson Ave, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NU, ENGLAND.
Phone (in UK): (0302) 855026 / International: +44-302-855-026
D.G.S -- Supporting the Atari 8-bit!!

Free Classified Ads (Omnibus update)

Date: 21 Sep 1994 21:43:06 -0500

As previously announced, The Atari 8-bit Omnibus will be released this
October.  It will be a comprehensive guide to resources for the 8-bit Atari.
Free classified ads are available until midnight, September 30.  Whether
it's a "Wanted", "For Sale", "BBS Number" or any other sort of 8-bit related
ad, send it to the Omnibus!
Free classified ads will be accepted, subject to the
 following limitations:
(1) Maximum 50 words/ad, two ads per person.  Editor decides what
 constitutes a word.  Editor will edit oversize ads.
(2) All ads must pertain to the Atari 8-bit computer line.
(3) All ads must include the advertiser's full name and postal address.
 Email and phone numbers are a good idea as well.
(4) Advertisers offering software may only offer software originals.  Ads
 offering pirated software will be refused.
(5) Editor and publisher are not responsible for personal losses dues to
 situations arising from these ads.
(6) Hope nobody was scared off by all this.
(7) Send ads via Email to:
        Use the message title: Omnibus Ad
Thanks for your support.  Watch for the release announcement later this

Atari 8-bit Omnibus

Date: 12 Sep 1994 17:39:14 -0500

Since Atari dropped the 8-bit computer line it's become progressively more
 difficult to find software and equipment for our Atari 8-bit computers.
 The days of Antic and Analog issues filled with ads are gone.  Many
 suppliers and software authors can no longer afford to advertise.
Back in April, I decided to try to remedy this.  I sent out a mailing to
 over ninety suppliers, inviting them to send in free ads for "The Atari 8bit
Omnibus".  This resource guide will be available for sale beginning October
 10th for $5 US, including shipping and handling.  Once it's being printed I
 will release full ordering information.
Right now, I'm offering the same free advertising to the rest of the Atari
 8bit community.  Free classified ads will be accepted, subject to the
 following limitations:
(1) Maximum 50 words/ad, two ads per person.  Editor decides what
 constitutes a word.  Editor will edit oversize ads.
(2) All ads must pertain to the Atari 8-bit computer line.
(3) All ads must include the advertiser's full name and postal address.
 Email and phone numbers are a good idea as well.
(4) Advertisers offering software may only offer software originals.  Ads
 offering pirated software will be refused.
(5) Editor and publisher are not responsible for personal losses dues to
 situations arsing from these ads.
(6) Hope nobody was scared off by all this.
(7) Send ads via Email to:
        Use the message title: Omnibus Ad
Thanks for your support.  Watch for the release announcement later this

Bad Checks From Unicorn Pubs.

Date: 11 Sep 1994 18:34:28 -0500

During the past 10 days I have received a rising tide of complaints & inquiries
regarding dishonored checks issued by Unicorn publications & mailed by me,
in conjunction with the refund policy described in the April 1994 issue of
ATARI CLASSICS Magazine.  In view of the increasing seriousness of the matter
I feel compelled to quell any rumors spreading on the networks by presenting
the facts as I know them.
Of the approximately 350 refunds that were issued, I believe the great majority
of them have been paid.  At this time it is my impression that fewer than 50
subscribers are affected by the problem.
In the following text, "Unicorn Publications" collectively refers to both
William R. Rayl & Patricia L. Snyder-Rayl, who bear all moral & legal
responsibility for the situation.
The facts of the matter & the status of the situation are as follows:
1.) During the period Aug.22-Sept.9, 1994, funds in Unicorn's account were
    drawn down below viability at least twice, for unknown periods of time in
    each case.  During these periods an unknown number of items were
    dishonored by their bank.  I am aware of 6 incidences of fees levied by
    banks on refund recipients due to NSF checks, plus an additional 5 cases
    of checks being deliberately witheld from presentation due to fears they
    would not be honored.  I estimate the total number of individuals affected
    by bad checks could exceed 20.
2.) The reason for the account failures is stupidity amounting to criminal
    negligence on the part of Unicorn, who apparently wrote checks with wild
    abandon & failed to keep competent records, even though they were in
    possession of exact information as to the balance of funds on hand as
    well as the total cost of refund payments to be issued.  This is not the
    first documented occurrence of Unicorn passing bad checks on the AC
    account.  Problems were experienced in 1992 & again in 1993.
3.) At the present time the account is once again viable, & I am urging all
    recipients still holding checks to negotiate them at once.  Funds from
    uncashed checks will end up becoming your gift to Unicorn, which they
    certainly do not deserve.
4.) Despite my requests, Unicorn has failed to account for a further 18
    refunds which were to have been handled by them personally, as they
    had to be processed through credit cards.  In view of the deplorable
    attitudes & unethical behavior exhibited by Unicorn, it is reasonable to
    assume all the people due credit card refunds have been defrauded.
5.) A Certified Notice was mailed to Unicorn on September 8 informing them of
    potential criminal liability & advising them of steps to be taken if they
    wish to avoid felony prosecution.  A deadline of September 30 was set for
    them to resolve all complaints, including complaints for charges incurred
    from dishonored checks that were subsequently paid when presented a 2nd
    or 3rd time.
6.) A complaint was filed with the Ann Arbor Police Department on September 9,
    & a preliminary investigation is now in progress.
7.) I am presently awaiting arrival of complaint forms from the Office of the
    U.S. Postal Inspector.  If Unicorn dishonors the Sept. 30 deadline, a
    felony complaint of Postal Fraud will be filed.  Recipients outside the
    U.S. who may be defrauded by Unicorn would have to file a complaint with
    their national postal service, who would likely turn it over to U.S. postal
8.) Some people have blamed me personally for the bad checks.  I wish to make
    it clear that I never at any time bore any responsibility or authority for
    financial management of AC's funds, that was entirely Unicorn's
    responsibility.  They  bulk-mailed the checks to me, & I served merely as
    their agent in sending them to individual subscribers.  I had no idea which
    checks were good & which were bad.  The perfidious behavior of Unicorn has
    placed me in an extremely compromising position.  Not to mention, I too was
    nailed with charges from my own bank due to a bad check they passed to me.
    I officially resigned from AC on August 10, 1994.  I am as much a victim-
    if not more so- as the people who have complained to me.
9.) Unicorn Publications (T/A Pegasus Press) may be contacted by e-mail on
    CompuServe at: 70007.4640 or via the Internet to Compuserve at:, or on GEnie at: CONNECT.MAG or via Internet to
    GEnie at:  They may also be reached by voice
    at: 1-313-973-8825, ask for Bill Rayl.  Written complaints should be sent
    to: Unicorn Publications, 3487 Braeburn Circle, Ann Arbor MI  48108.
    Readers who wish to verify funds may call Bank 1 in Ypsilanti MI at:
    1-313-434-7314, ask for Gail Thompson, or call the branch number at:
    1-313-572-7800.  The number for the Washtenaw County prosecuting attorney's
    office is: 1-313-994-2380.  The number for the Ann Arbor Police Department
    is: 1-313-994-2661.
10) A defrauded reader in Florida, Vern McColloch, is considering a possible
    class-action civil lawsuit to recover damages.  He may be contacted at:
    1-305-792-1942 or in writing: 3721 S.W. 59th Terrace #5, Davie FL 33314-
11) A number of recipients forwarded their refund payments to AC's new
    publisher, Jim Hood.  Jim is aware of the Unicorn problem & is reported
    to be holding an unknown number of checks.  The impact of Unicorn's
    bad checks upon the new publisher is at present unknown, although some
    people have expressed fear that Unicorn's bad checks could wreck the
    renewal of the magazine.  That would be tragic for the people who've
    signed up for the new publication.
12) During the latter half of August when this problem first developed, I
    was away in Arizona attending the personal needs of my mother who is
    dying of cancer.  I only became aware of it during the first week of
    September after I returned home & got caught up on my mail.  This totally
    inexcusable situation has thus hit me at a particularly difficult time.
    In their communications to me on the subject, Unicorn rubs salt in the
    wound by failing to express any personal culpability for creating the
    problem or expressing any remorse or regret for the intense distress
    they have visited upon so many people.  The cold-blooded, reptilian
    attitude exhibited by Mr. & Mrs. Rayl toward the parties they've defrauded
    is utterly unconscionable.
- Benjamin L. Poehland

Quick FTe update

From: F Tooned <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 94 18:44:58 -0500

Hi Everybody,
Things are still very busy here at FTe.  The catalogs are still running
late, but there will be a nice ad appearing in the "new" Atari Classics.
(Which should be out in a few more weeks)  I haven't forgotten about
anyone, and after I can get a few LARGE projects out of the way, I
will have a lot more time to get back on-line.
I am planning on going to Germany in October, so if anyone has info
on the ABBUC show and dates, please drop me a line via E-Mail.
Thanks to everyone for patience and support! Things are getting
better, so I'm optimistic about getting the new stuff into production
very soon. More on this later.

MYTEK's Prism Studio, Limited Time Offer

From: (Mike Todd)

Here's something of interest I thought I'd cross post from GEnie


Category 5,  Topic 7
Message 16        Sat Sep 03, 1994
MYTEK [MIKE]                 at 21:08 EDT

        Prism Studio's very future, rest's in your hands. I am looking for SIX
confirmed orders to appear by March 1st 1995.

        Yes, that's right, I said it's future depends upon receiving these
orders by the deadline date mentioned.

     To some this may seem strange, but to anyone who is trying to market a
product to the ever shrinking 8Bit Atari user base (or has tried and died),
you know the reality of the saying "When in a business for oneself, it is
wisest to use other peoples money to produce product, than to use your own". 
This seems to be especially true in this marketplace, where you may only sell
one or two of something, hardly enough to justify the cost of having
professionally made P.C. Boards made.  It is for this reason, I need to see a
minimum number of orders, before setting the production wheels rolling.  I
have already written off the R&D time and materials this product required to
materialize, but I simply can't afford to sink any more money into the
venture, if it isn't what people want or need.

        Here's how it will work: between now and March 1st, I will accept
orders at the going rate of $184 ($179 plus $5.00 S&H), preferably these
orders should be via personal check written out to MYTEK. I will HOLD these
checks until the required number of orders has been met, at which time they
would be cashed and production would begin. If the required number is not met,
than all checks will be returned to their owners, and the Prism Studio project
will be shutdown. If you want COLOR genlocking on this platform, than please
don't let this happen. If for whatever reason, you change your mind about
waiting for the product, and assuming you had previously sent in a check, I
will promptly return your check if requested, with no hard feelings.

        This really is a good deal for such a product as this (compares with
similar units on the IBM platform going for $300 or more), don't take my word
for it, check out the review in the June/July issue of Current Notes. If you
support this product, then I will support you, by offering other products to
expand upon this one, adding even more features.

        When the SIX orders have arrived, I'll let everyone know personally
with a phone call, that has made this possible (be sure to include your phone#
when you order).

        Once again: Order Info....


        P.O.B. 750396

        Petaluma, CA 94975-0396

Thanks, sincerely, Michael St. Pierre (2nd Mike?)

Until next month,
                 -Michael Current

16/32-Bit Computers Support Area

Bulletin Board Messages of Interest


From: (Alexander Clauss)
Subject: OCR 1.3
Sender: (
Organization: Lexicor Software Corporation
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 1994 19:59:47 GMT

OCR V1.3  - Optical Character Recognition for Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon

I've uploaded OCR 1.3 at             /pub/atari/incoming/ocr13.lzh
                   (soon: /pub/atari/misc/ocr13.lzh)             atari/diverses/ocr13.lzh               /pub/Atari/Text/ocr13.lzh   atari/Applications/Other/ocr_13.lzh

Features of OCR 1.3:
- RSC files in English, German, French, Dutch included.
- DOCs in English, German.
- Supports GDPS scanner drivers.
- It works in any resolution (>=496x200).
- Hypertext On-line help is available using ST-Guide or 1st-Guide.
- It works under MTOS, MagiC (=Mag!X), Geneva (not tested).
- Windowed dialogs.

    Alexander Clauss
    Stresemannstr. 44
    D-64297 Darmstadt
    -- Germany --


Subject: Falcon030 Tool KIT
Message-ID: <>
Distributed: world
Sender: (
Organization: Lexicor Software Corporation
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 1994 00:42:04 GMT
Lines: 227

 |  TraceTech's Falcon030 ToolKit  |
 |  Press Release -- October 1994  |
Trace Technologies is proud to introduce the F030TKIT.
Shipping date: AVAILABLE NOW!
Special price through November 15, 1994.  Plus a discount on FastPath.
F030TKIT - a 'must have' collection of utilities for ALL Falcon owners!
 Do you have problems deleting folders, printing text or renaming files?
 Tired of losing memory?
 Need quick and easy access to a floppy disk formatter?
 What about one with extensive, simple-to-use options?
 Would you like to configure system parameters to your preferences?
 Then have I got a package for you!
 TraceTech's Falcon030 ToolKit, a demoware package by Keith Gerdes and
 Trace Technologies, offers several answers to those questions and more.
 o What does the Falcon030 ToolKit do?
   The F030TKIT is a multifaceted utility package.
   1) TOS4Trap v2 addresses changes in TOS4's GEMDOS to improve software
   2) From a co-author of DC Formatter, Trace Formatter Jr CPX gives you
   quick and easy access to a floppy disk formatter which has flexible
   options such as number of tracks, DD/HD format, faster I/O, etc.
   3) NVRAM (non-volatile RAM) Configurator allows you to setup your F030's
   hardware and system software with simple user preference selections.
     An upgrade to the shareware program, TOS4Trap v1, the _original_
   TOS4 "fix" utility which set the standard for bridging the gap of
   TOS4 GEMDOS compatibility.
     For example: helps pre-STalker 3.03, pre-NeoDesk 4, MaxiFile,
   Deskmanager, some GFA compiled programs and many other programs.
     Accept only the best, which gets better in TOS4Trap v2.  v2 also
   ends those memory loss blues.  Simply open and close directory
   windows at the GEM Desktop to see what I mean.
   fka DC Formatter Jr - A CPX-based floppydisk formatter originally
   scheduled for release in the DC CPXtensions package.
   Available options:
   1) # of tracks - 0, 40 and 80-85
   2) # of sides - 1 and 2
   3) Sectors per track - 9, 10, 18 and 20
   4) Drive - A and B
   5) Format type - Normal and Skewed
   6) Volume label
   + Convenient save configuration feature.
   + Reverse formatting for data safety.
   + Abort feature with continue option.
   Configurevarious NVRAM settings used by TOS4.
   Special NOTE: Contains a unique bootup setting option for TOS 4.04.
   Available options:
   1) System bootup delay - Time (0-80 seconds)  [NOTE: TOS 4.04 only]
   2) System bootup video mode - ST Low, ST High or No Change
   3) International time format [_IDT] - 12 or 24 Hour
   4) International date format [_IDT] - MMDDYY, DDMMYY, YYMMDD or YYDDMM
   5) Keyboard preference [_AKP] - 8 countries
   6) Desktop preference [_AKP] - 5 languages
   Also related to NVRAM:
   RESETNVR.PRG - reset your NVRAM to default configuration
   DO_BOOTN.PRG - writes an executable boot sector to a floppy which will
                  reset the NVRAM to default configuration on bootup
   Don't be locked out of your computer if your NVRAM gets messed up!
   Run a program with the 68030 cache turned OFF, restored on exit.
 o And updates to a couple of 'DC Programs of the Week'.
 o All programs are 100% assembly.
 o Strong support from one of the oldest developers for the Atari ST
   whose current product line includes Data Diet, Squish II, Data Rescue,
   Load Aladdin, TOS4TRAPv1, FastPath -and soon to be released- FlexMenu
   and Missouri.
 o A demo version is freely available on online services.
   NOTE: Some features are not available in the demo version.
Purchasing the F030TKIT:
 ****  TOS4Trap v1 registered user notice  ****
   Registered users of the TraceTech shareware product, TOS4Trap v1,
 can apply that paid fee toward this order.  For example, if you sent
 in $5, deduct $5 from the total owed for the F030TKIT.
[NOTE: Canadian users- please see specific F030TKIT order info below.]
As an introductory special, order BEFORE November 16, 1994 and save $5!
 Send US$25, which includes shipping & handling.
   o Outside the U.S. - add $5
   o For priority mail in the U.S. - add $3
To get this discount, your letter MUST be postmarked NO LATER than
November 15, 1994.
Orders postmarked AFTER November 15, 1994:
 Send US$30, which includes shipping & handling.
   o Outside the U.S. - add $5
   o For priority mail in the U.S. - add $3
If you haven't picked up the new FastPath utility yet, it is ONLY $10
when ordered with the F030TKIT.
And not to forget MORE MONEY SAVING discounts, contact TraceTech for
special direct order prices on our commercial products.
Texas residents must add 8.25% sales tax.
Please make payment by check (issued by a U.S. bank), U.S. funds
money order (drawn on a U.S. bank), or postal money order.
 [NOTEs: GEnie gifts of time are not accepted.
         And no credit card order capability.]
 Payable to:
  Trace Technologies or Keith Gerdes
 Send to:
  Trace Technologies [F030TKIT]
  PO Box 711403
  Houston, TX  77271-1403
What else do you get for your investment?
 -> Tech support and bug fix updates!
 -> Plus special discounts on future products.
==== Canadian users ====
In order to save you money and offer you quicker turnaround, I
started a registration service with Howard Carson, a member of
the Toronto Atari Federation User Group.  Howard will take care
of processing all Canadian orders- including user registration,
money transactions and software distribution.
Please note, tech support and all other support will still be
the sole responsibility of TraceTech.
F030TKIT orders before November 16, 1994:
 The Canadian registration fee is $40 Cdn, total amount.
To get this discount, your letter MUST be postmarked no later than
November 15, 1994.
F030TKIT orders after November 15, 1994:
 The Canadian registration fee is $48 Cdn, total amount.
If you haven't picked up the new FastPath utility yet, it is ONLY $16
Cdn when ordered with the F030TKIT.
You can contact Howard for MORE MONEY SAVING discounts on TraceTech
commercial products.
Send all Canadian registrations to:
 Howard Carson
 #601-2904 St. Clair Ave. East
 Toronto, Ontario
 M4B 1N7
And make all Canadian payments to:
 Howard Carson
Howard accepts personal cheques and current account cheques drawn on
Canadian banks and trusts, as well as MO's, drafts and cash.  He will
try to service registrants within 72 hours (for cash, M.O and
draft/certified cheque customers), and within 10 days for personal
cheque customers.  '72 hours' and '10 days', refer to the actual elapsed
period before an item is mailed/registered/applied (as appropriate).
 ==== Other currencies ====
If you wish to setup a distribution point for other currencies, please
contact me.
 Customer support is available via:
   Phone: (713)771-8332  [weekdays 1PM-5PM Central Time]
   GEnie: Category 2, Topic 12 or K.GERDES
Products mentioned are copyright by their respective owners.
Reprint notice:
Reprint permission is granted as long as it is done in entirety.

                                      * * *

From: Craig Graham <>
Subject: Jeff Minter's Llamazap - Quote From Atari UK
Date: 19 Oct 1994 11:04:32 GMT
Organization: Computing Laboratory, U of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK NE1 7RU.

I mailled Darryl Still at Atari UK about the release of Llamazap, and
other related stuff on unreleased software (TOS5, etc) and here's what
he had to say.....or someone at atari had to say anyway (no-one put a
name at the bottom of the message, so it could have been anyone there).

>Date: Tue, 18 Oct 94 17:49 BST-1
>From: (Atari Corporation UK)
>Subject: Re: Llamazap : Falcon Game
>Message-Id: <>
>In-Reply-To: <>
>We HAVE given it to somebody else. Llamazap, Steel Talons and Dino Dudes
>will be released by 16/32 software (nharlow I believe is the Cix name)
>and certainly Llamazap should be on sale at the Future Entertainment Show.
>OK, so why would Ofir Gal know more about TOS 5.0 than Atari? It is not stable
>it is not finished therefore it does not exist.
>Atari is in business to make money. To package and release falcon titles
>like those above takes much time, resources and effort and Atari decided that
>putting those factors into other things would be more profitable for it
>and was VITAL to the survival of the company. This has paid dividends and
>has allowed us to do the deal with 16/32 and ensure the future of Falcon,
>something that would not have happened if we had not concentrated so much 
>and been so successful with the Jaguar launch.
>the long term view is much more important than short term demands.


So - Llamazap gets a release at FES (finally).
But I still think the reply is laden with bad attitude towards me and
other disgruntled falcon owners (esp. the bits about TOS 5).

Ce' La Vie. I'll buy it anyway.....

 __                              _
 | \        | |                 / |  Makers of CLA Logic
 |_/ A T A  \/| N C E R T A I N  /   - ECAD for the Atari/PC.
-------------------------------- o ----------------------------
 Craig Graham.

Portfolio Support Area
Fred Horvat

    Well a couple issues back I mentioned I would give a list of 
dealers that supported our favorite palmtop.  Well below is a list of 
places that either have hardware, software, or both for the 
Portfolio.  Besides the listed dealers a great source of information 
and software is online.  The larger bulletin boards services like 
Compuserve and Genie have file directories just for the Portfolio.  I 
also believe under the Atari file archives you can still request 
files from the Portfolio directory.  Besides the files, online there 
is a wealth of information about the Portfolio and palmtop computing 
in general.  Beside bulletin boards as a source for public domain an 
shareware software is from public omain librarians.  For a list of 
commercial software vendors check out the book that came with every 
Portfolio called "APB" which stands for Accessories, Peripherals, 
Bulletin.  Besides having commercial software available it has tips 
and other use full information.  The version I have is Volume 2, 
Number 1.  I believe this was the last one printed.  If you don't 
have a copy of the "APB" contact Atari, the cost listed on the cover 
is $1.00.  Last but not least let us not forget our local user groups 
and Atari dealers that have been there all these years for us.

Atari Computer Corporation
1196 Borregas Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1302

Services Available : Atari Portfolio purchases, exchanges, APB 
software purchases (if available).
BRE Software
352 W. Bedford Ave
Suite 104
Fresno, CA  93711
Orders : 800-347-6760
Information : 209-432-3072

Services Available : Portfolio public domain and shareware software.
D&P Computer
P.O. Box 811
Elyria, OH  44036
Orders : 800-535-4290
Information : 216-926-3842

Services Available : Full service Atari dealer.  Sells Portfolio,      
software, hardware, flashcards, and more for the Portfolio.
It's All Relative
2233 Keeven Lane
Florissant, MO  63031
Phone : 314-831-9482

Services Available : CD-ROM and software dealer.  Some Atari CD-ROMS 
have Portfolio public domain and shareware software.
Toad Computers
570-F Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, MD  21146
Orders : 800-448-8623
Information : 410-544-6943
Fax : 410-544-1329
BBS : 410-544-6999

Services Available : Full service Atari dealer.  Sells Portfolio,      
software, hardware, memorycards, CD-ROMS, and more for the Portfolio.

Atari Classic Gaming Corner
Fred Horvat

                      Playing European Games in the States
     This month's Classic Corner is a tip that I discovered while preparing for
the C.A.I.N. Atari Funfest '94.  As most of you know, when playing European
(PAL) games on your 2600, the colors are slightly off and the screen scrolls
like mad vertically.  The reason is that in different parts of the world
television broadcast frequencies are different.  Here in the United States we
have NTSC, in Europe and most other countries have PAL.  You cannot do anything
for the colors.  The scrolling can be fixed by adjusting the vertical hold.  The
big catch is that most televisions produced today no longer have a vertical hold
adjustment -- it's all preset for our convenience.  Not too much of a
convenience when you can't play your favorite game.
     Right around the day of the show I received some great PAL 2600 games.
Wanting to play these games at the show, I tried out my 20+ year old color TV.  
I had used this TV for game playing for over 10 years, and it looked like it was
on its final breath of life.  I figured that I wasn't going to bring it to the
show if it was going to quit!  I checked out anther TV and it didn't have a
vertical adjustment.  (bummer!)  So, I figured I'd leave Fatal Run and KLAX at
     After "giving up" on the 2600 demonstration, I decided to test my Jaguar on
my Sony "TV/Monitor".  All went well --  the sound and picture were as sharp as
can be!  For the heck of it I hooked up the 2600 and plugged in a PAL game.  I
was shocked!  No vertical scrolling and the colors were sharp!  I then realized
that the TV must act like a multisync monitor by automatically adjusting to the
incoming frequency.  The Sony TV is 10 years old.  I don't know if "TV/Monitors"
are still available in the United States.  However, they are sold in Europe. 
Therefore, those wishing to play European PAL games without color loss or
scrolling problems, should consider a "TV/Monitor".  Because they're widely
available in Europe, consult a European ST Magazine for mail order companies.

Lynx Support Area
Barry Cantin

Lynx News

Telegames has released two new Lynx titles, "Bubble Trouble" and "Super Off
Road".  They are available directly from Telegames, and are available in
"limited edition format".  We present reviews of these two titles, courtesy
of David Hassell (

  BUBBLE TROUBLE -- This is a very strange game where you maneuver through
a large maze from inside a bubble.  You fire smaller bubbles with the A
button and drop bubble bombs with the B button.  You move with the
direction pad, but the longer you hold a direction, the faster you start
going (the controls are really touchy here).  When you let up, rather than
stopping, you continue to move while gradually slowing down.  So movement
is even wilder and more uncontrollable than Joust.  The object in each of
the 5 levels is to collect a given number of objects, the first level
having 4 distributed around the maze.  You score points by shooting the
various adversaries that populate the maze, but only collecting the
objects (the game calls them deposits) is required to proceed to the next
level and for winning.  Hits by other creatures reduces your energy bar. 
When your energy is depleted, your bubble bursts and you must restart the
level (Note: creatures you've hit and power-ups you've collected on that
level will not reappear, but all deposits will have to be collected
again.).  3 bursts and the game ends.  Graphics are similar to Gordo 106
and Kung Food.  Sound and music are pretty poor in quality.  Control is
bizarre, but kinda fun in the same way it is in Joust.  The game looks
like it will be fun, but it may turn out to be an easy game to beat.  Very
first impressions rating: 7.
  SUPER OFF ROAD -- Most people are probably familiar enough with this to
know what it's about -- you race a series of races against 3 other drivers
in an arena for 3 laps collecting money to buy enhancements between races.
 You can comlynx up to four players in this title.  Graphics are really
good, though animation is less than fluid.  The music isn't the greatest. 
Control is really difficult, and it's too easy to get pinned against a
wall or some other object.  However, I've improved with each play, so his
cart holds promise.  Documentation is almost non-existent; the manual
merely gives you a few instructions and the rest is up to you to figure
out.  Unfortunately, I haven't played this title on any other platform, so
I can't make comparisons.  As I've stated, this looks like a lotta fun! 
Very first impressions rating: 8.
  Since these are limited prototype releases, the carts look like circuit
boards.  I bought both from Telegames for $40 each, which is kinda steep,
but I don't know how long they'll be available.

Lynx Commentary

Could the Lynx Resurgence be here at last?

What makes me wonder this is what I've heard, in person and on the net,
about how the Lynx is starting to reappear in stores.  Sam's
club stores have initiated a deal where you could purchase a Lynx II,
Warbirds, and Checkered Flag for $79.95.  Those are two
*fantastic* Comlynxable games, and are my two personal favorites, in fact.

There has been talk in some of the mall electronics games stores that the
Lynx could return there as well, but it's only talk.
Better than the attitudes sported a month ago, about how the Lynx is a
"dead" machine.  Feh.

Toys R Us is beginning to set up Jaguar kiosks, and probably will start
selling Lynx titles again.  Word has it that they will offer
a similar deal (perhaps the same?) to that offered by Sam's.  I know at
least in a couple local TRUs they have put the Lynx signs back up, although
no Lynx merchandise yet.

Naturally, I am skeptical but some of the signs are there - perhaps Atari *is*
going to start pushing the Lynx again.

All this, just in time for Christmas.  Now, if we see some of those titles
that we were promised, it'll be even better.  You know,
"Eye of the Beholder", "Battlezone 2000", and  about four others that have
been completed and have been waiting (for several months)
to go to production.

So, if you've been thinking "I really could use a second Lynx," then this
is the time to get one!  You can do it inexpensively, and
get two great Comlynxable titles as well.  And, hopefully by the next CAIN
Newsletter, we'll have information on *new* Lynx

Here's to hoping!


Jaguar Support Area
Len Stys

Jaguar News


  The spirit of martial arts Master Bruce Lee lives on in
  DRAGON: a dangerously life-like combat simulation based on
  his biographical film. Apply discipline and a devastating
  array of age-old fighting techniques to subdue opponents
  more cunning than the real Bruce Lee ever faced. Unite
  your spiritual and physical strength to confront The
  Phantom, the mythical samurai which has plagued your
  thoughts and dreams, in a jeet kune do duel to the death!
  [1 or 2 players] $59.99 (Atari/J9036) [TEEN]

  Stop the Evil Ninja Lord Gyaku from opening the Dragon
  Cloud temple's portal to Hell and unleashing his demon
  minions upon Kasumi island and the world. Battle it out in
  this bloody brawler in 1 Player Story mode or Two Player
  versus mode as one of the 8 all-time greatest warrior-
  fighters. Gain fighting skill and master special moves
  from bout to bout as you journey through the Underground
  Labyrinth to the Dragon Cloud temple where you'll face
  your ultimate opponent: the Evil Ninja Lord Gyaku himself!
  [1 or 2 players] $69.99 (Atari/J9012) [MATURE]

  Get ready to burn rubber! Race for the Checkered Flag
  behind the wheel of a turbo-powered speedway racer in
  real-time, 3D-rendered action. Choose from 10 high-
  performance tracks and see the speedway from 6 distinct
  views. Alter features and attributes on your racer to
  improve your times or even change the weather conditions.
  Action so realistic you'll swear you feel the wind in your
  hair as your tires screech around the curves. Keep your
  sweaty palms on the controller!
  [1 player] $69.99 (Atari/J9007)

  Zool and his daring and lovely sidekick Zooz face a
  challenge that would wilt the knees of even the toughest
  Ninja. The Nth Dimension is under attack from the evil
  forces of Krool. Our heroes must restore the Nth Dimension
  to equilibrium and exile Mental Block and his mind-numbing
  cronies before imagination is wiped out of existence. Zoon
  the two-headed intergalactic wonder-canine will help, but
  you'll need skills from the Nth Dimension to save
  [1 player] $49.99 (Atari/J9042)


 Atari is now beginning a shipment of cinema-quality
 Alien Vs. Predator posters to Atari Jaguar retailers.
 These posters are extremely impressive. They feature
 the image seen in the opening of Atari's new Alien
 Vs. Predator video game for the Jaguar 64-bit game
 I have obtained permission to set aside a limited
 number of these posters for our VERY patient online
 Jaguar gamers. Here's the deal... Listen CAREFULLY!
 While they last in my hot little (actually medium size)
 hands, you may have one poster FREE! There is a
 catch I'll mention in a moment, but this poster is real
 cool AND is FREE just because everyone has been
 real patient and we like your support and if you like
 your poster, you'll show your friends and they'll buy an
 Alien Vs. Predator cartridge because you told them to.
 The catch?!... Oh yea. The poster is carefully rolled in
 a special mailing tube and ready to be slapped with your
 address. All we ask is that you prepay Atari's minimum
 shipping and handling fee to cover our expenses of the
 tube, label, postage, etc. That fee is only $4.95 each
 poster. The posters are already in tubes, so I cannot
 double up posters and, besides, that wouldn't be fair so
 don't ask for more than one per mailing tube please!
 This is the EXACT same poster you will see in stores
 soon and it's certainly going to become a collector's item.
 To get yours, send $4.95 ($8.95 U.S. funds for Canada) in
 the EXACT amount. Payment may be received in Money
 order, check, MasterCard or Visa.
 I cannot ship out of North America. Other countries should
 see what promotions Atari U.K. may be devising OR make
 arrangements with someone they know in North America to
 forward it to them.

         CATscan @ 209/239-1552
         Don's Really Nifty FREE AvP Poster Deal
         P.O. Box 61657
         Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1657
 (offer good while quantities last - poster offer is
  independent from other offers and cannot be
  combined with other transactions)
 NOTES TO SYSOPS: Please help spread this offer. Put it
 in banners if possible. Please help make sure all
 members of your forum are exposed to the offer ASAP.
 ### END OF FILE ###

October/November 1994 CAIN Jaguar Letter Writing Campaign
Organized by: Len Stys

The following is part of the 1994 CAIN Jaguar Letter Writing Campaign.
Only the months for October and November are listed.  If you wish to
still send letters for September, please read the CAIN Newsletter
Supplement for the complete campaign.

The goal of this campaign is to interest popular game companies to make
their games for the Jaguar.

If you are just now participating in these campaigns, please make sure
you write Atari Corp. to let them know that you are participating.

 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Atari Corp. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

First, we will first be writing Don Thomas, Jr. at Atari Corp. to let him
know that we are participating in these campaigns.  No, we aren't writing
to annoy him.  We are writing him so that Atari Corp. knows the magnitude
of this letter writing campaign.  If Atari Corp. knows that five-hundred
people will be writing Dynamix in October, the appropriate person at Atari
can contact this company on becoming a developer for the Jaguar during
this time.  Do not expect a letter from Don Thomas, Jr.  We are not
writing him for a response.  We are only writing him to inform him of what
we are doing.

Atari's mailing address is:

Atari Corp.
Attn: Don Thomas, Jr.
1196 Borregas Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Place the letters: C.A.I.N. at the bottom left side of the envelope so that
Atari will know what it is for.

Please use the following form letter:


   (your address)

   Don Thomas, Jr.
   Atari Corporation
   1196 Borregas Avenue
   Sunnyvale, CA 94089

   Dear Mr. Thomas,

   I am writing you to inform you that I will be writing the following
   game companies to encourage them to make games for the Jaguar. 
   I hope that my efforts will help Atari Corp. to sign these companies
   to make games for the Jaguar.

   The companies I will be writing are:

   September: WMS Industries, Capcom, Electronic Arts
   October: Sierra On-Line, Dynamix, LucasArts, NovaLogic
   November: Spectrum Holobyte, Psygnosis, Origin
   December: QQP, Broderbund, Konami

   Thank you for reading my letter and for recording the number of
   people writing these companies.


   (sign your name)

   (print your name)

****************************** OCTOBER, 1994 ****************************

Sierra On-Line Inc.
Dynamix Inc.
LucasArts Entertainment Co.

 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Sierra On-Line Inc. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Sierra On-Line is a company that is well-known for their role-playing
games such as their Space Quest and Police Quest series.  The company is
also known for their latest hits in the PC world: Gabriel Knight,
Aces Over Europe, and Leisure Suit Larry VI.  Sierra On-Line is planning
to release their new title, Phantasmagoria, very soon.

Sierra On-Line is definitely a company that needs to be developing for
the Jaguar if the Jaguar CD-ROM is to become used.  If Sierra On-Line
starts making games for the Jaguar CD-ROM, several other companies will
make games for it as well.

The mailing address for Sierra On-Line is:

Kenneth A. Williams, President
Sierra On-Line Inc.
P.O. Box 485
Coarsegold, CA 93614

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to Electronic Arts:

Dear Mr. Williams,

 1) How much you enjoy Sierra On-Line games.
 2) How you have been buying Sierra On-Line games for your computer since
    the company started making computer games (if this is true).
 3) How much you enjoy your Atari Jaguar.
 4) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 5) How you would like to see Sierra On-Line producing several Jaguar
    CD-ROM games.
 6) The games you would love to see on the Jaguar (choose two or three
    Sierra On-Line games).
 7) How you believe Sierra On-Line games would be fantastic on the
    Atari Jaguar.
 8) How you will run out and buy Sierra On-Line games when they are
    made for the Jaguar.
 9) Thank you to Mr. Williams for reading your letter and for considering
    producing games for the Jaguar.

In my letter, I will also be encouraging Mr. Williams to make games which
have the option of using a keyboard with the Jaguar.  A keyboard can be
created for the Jaguar and Sierra On-Line could work with Atari Corp. to
produce one for it.  The use of a keyboard in role-playing games help
children learn words.  This is something that Sierra has gotten away from
in PC games.

I'm also writing Sierra to release HOYLE Card Games for the Jaguar.
I love this game and it would be great to see a modem feature being used
in the Jaguar version of this game.

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dynamix Inc. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Dynamix Inc. is a game company owned by Sierra On-Line.  This game
company makes many wonderful titles for the PC such as: Betrayal at
Kronder, Aces of the Pacific, and Front Page Sports Football Pro.
The company is planning to release: Front Page Baseball, Battledrome,
LodeRunner: A Legend, MetalTech: Earth Siege, Alien Legacy, and an
excellent reviewed game called Aces of the Deep (submarine game).

Dynamix Inc. is making some real great games and these games would be
a very good addition to the present Jaguar game library.

The mailing address for Dynamix Inc. is:

Alan Higginson
Executive Vice-President
Dynamix Inc. 
P.O. Box 978
Oakhurst, CA 93644-0978

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to Dynamix Inc.:

Dear Mr. Higginson,

 1) How you enjoy Dynamix games on the PC.
 2) How much you enjoy your Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 4) The games that you would love to see on the Jaguar (choose two or
    three Dynamix games--I'm choosing Front Page Sports Football,
    Alien Legacy, and Aces of the Deep).
 5) How you believe Dynamix games will be unbelievable when using the
    graphics and sound capabilities of the Jaguar.
 6) How you will run out and buy Dynamix games when they are produced
    for the Jaguar.
 7) Thank you to the person for reading your letter and for considering
    producing games for the Jaguar.

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LucasArts Entertainment Co. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

LucasArts is famous for making games based on popular movies.  The company
has also has several popular titles out for the PC.  Some of these titles
are: Star Wars Rebel Assault, X-Wing, Indiana Jones and the Fate of
Atlantis, Monkey Island 2: Le chuck's Revenge, and Day of the Tentacle.
And if there is any truth to the rumor of a new Indiana Jones movie,
LucasArts will probably make a great game based on this movie.

The mailing address for LucasArts is:

LucasArts Entertainment Co.
LucasArts Games Division
P.O. Box 10307
San Rafael, CA 94912

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to LucasArts:

Dear Sir or Madam,

 1) How much you enjoy LucasArts games.
 2) How much you enjoy the Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 4) The games you would love to see on the Jaguar (choose two or three
    LucasArts games).
 5) How you believe LucasArts games would be fantastic on the Atari
 6) How you will run out and buy LucasArts games when they are made for
    the Jaguar.
 7) Thank you to the person for reading your letter and for considering
    producing games for the Jaguar.

You may also want to FAX LucasArts by the phone number: 415/721-3344.

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NovaLogic <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

NovaLogic is known for its high-quality games on the PC.  The president
and CEO, John Garcia makes sure each game title released is of the highest
quality.  NovaLogic is known for producing Comanche: Maximum Overkill
(a game title that rated high on the Most Wanted Games for the Jaguar
listing from CANI Newsletter).  The company also produced WolfPack (a
submarine simulator) and UltraBots.  The latest and greatest game from
NovaLogic is Armored Fist.  This game is highly praised by reviewers that
have seen it.

John Garcia is interested in producing modem games and networking games
in the future.  NovaLogic's games would be a great addition to the Jaguar
game library.

The mailin address for NovaLogic is:

John Garcia, President
19510 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 200
Tarzana, CA 91356

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to NovaLogic:

Dear Mr. Garcia,

 1) How much you enjoy NovaLogic games.
 2) How much you enjoy your Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 4) The games that you would love to see on the Jaguar (choose a couple
    of NovaLogic games).
 5) How you believe that NovaLogic games will be even more fantastic when
    using the graphics and sound capabilities of the Jaguar.
 6) How you would like to see NovaLogic games that use the Jaguar
    voice-modem and networking capabilities.
 7) How you will run out and buy NovaLogic games when they are produced
    for the Jaguar.
 8) Thank Mr. Garcia for reading your letter and for considering producing
    games for the Jaguar.

You may also want to FAX NovaLogic by the phone number: 818/774-0684.
Please consider writing NovaLogic through the U.S. mail first and then
FAX NovaLogic.

*************************** NOVEMBER, 1994 *****************************

Virgin Games
Spectrum Holobyte
Origin Systems

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Virgin Games <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Virgin Games is already a Jaguar developer, so this letter is mainly to
thank the company and to encourage them to make more titles for the Jaguar.
Virgin is suppose to be making Cannon Fodder,  Demolition Man, and
Dragon fr the Jaguar.  The company is also planning to make a CD-ROM game
called Creature Shock for the Jaguar.

Virgin Games is known for making a popular PC CD-ROM game called:
The 7th Guest.  It has also made Land of Lore, Dune II, and
Indy Car Racing. It will also be releasing 11th Hour and Command & Conquer
for the PC soon.

The mailing address for Virgin Games is:

Virgin Games
18061 Fitch Avenue
Irvine, CA 92714

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to Virgin Games:

Dear Sir or Madam,

 1) How you enjoy Virgin Games' games.
 2) How much you enjoy the Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you are really happy that Virgin Games is making games for the
 4) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 5) How you would like to see other popular games such as The 7th Guest
    (and name a few) besides the ones the company is already making
    for the Jaguar.
 6) How you would like to see the Jaguar modem and network features used
    in Virgin Games' software (OPTIONAL).
 7) How you will run out and buy Virgin Games' games when they are
    produced for the Jaguar.
 8) Thank you to the person for reading your letter and for producing
    games for the Jaguar.

You may also want to FAX Virgin Games by the phone number: 714/833-8717.

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Spectrum Holobyte <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Spectrum Holobyte is famous for their Falcon flight simulator game.
The game can even be played through the modem on PCs.  Spectrum Holobyte
has just released Fields of Glory and is rumored to be working on
Falcon 4.0.

Modem games is something that a game system must have if it will be
successful in the future.  And Spectrum Holobyte is well-known for their
modem games.  Falcon 4.0 sounds like it would be perfect for the

The mailing address for Spectrum Holobyte is:

Barry J. Folsom, President
Spectrum Holobyte
2490 Mariners Square Loop
Alameda, CA 94501

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to Spectrum Holobyte:

Dear Mr. Folsom,
 1) How much you enjoy Spectrum Holobyte games.
 2) How much you enjoy your Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 4) How you would like to see Falcon 4.0 with voice-modem and networking
    capabilities on the Jaguar.
 5) How you would like to see Fields of Glory and other Spectrum Holobyte
    games for the Jaguar.
 6) How you believe Spectrum Holobyte games will be unbelievable when
    using the graphics and sound capabilities of the Jaguar.
 7) How you will run out and buy Spectrum Holobyte games when they are
    produced for the Jaguar.
 8) Thank Mr. Folsom for reading your letter and for considering
    producing games for the Jaguar.

You may also want to FAX Spectrum Holobyte by the phone number:
510/522-2138.  But please keep in mind that sending a letter through
the U.S. Postal Service may be more effective.

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Psygnosis <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Psygnosis is a well known producer of video games.  A few of Psygnosis'
popular games are Microcosm, Shadow of the Best II, and Puggsy.  A recent
game is Hexx: Heresy of the Wizard.  TThe company has also done Lemmings.

The mailing address for Psygnosis is:

675 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to Psygnosis:

Dear Sir or Madam,

 1) How much you enjoy Psygnosis games.
 2) How much you enjoy your Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 4) The games that you would love to see on the Jaguar (choose a couple
    of Pysgnosis games).
 5) How you believe Psygnosis games will be unbelievable when using the
    graphics and sound capabilities of the Jaguar.
 6) How you will run out and buy Psygnosis games when they are produced
    for the Jaguar.
 7) Thank the person for reading your letter and for considering producing
    games for the Jaguar.

You may also want to FAX Psygnosis by the phone number: 617/497-6759.

  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Origin Systems <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Origin Systems is a maker of many popular PC role-playing and action games.
The company is owned by Electronic Arts but may have freedom to develop
for any system it wishes.  Some of the games that Origin makes are:
Ultima series (most recently Ultima VIII: Pagan), Wing Commander Privateer,
and just recently Pacific Strike.  Origin will be also making Biforge
and Wings of Glory.

Since Origin Systems is a subsidary of Electronic Arts, there is no
specific person to write.

The mailing address for Origin Systems is:

Origin Systems
Attn: Production Teams
P.O. Box 161750
Austin, TX 78716

The following is a list of things in which you may want to say in your
letter to Origin Systems:

Dear Sir or Madam,

 1) How much you enjoy Origin Systems games.
 2) How much you enjoy your Atari Jaguar.
 3) How you feel that the Jaguar will be the video game system of the
    future due to its high-performance/low-price.
 4) The games that you would love to see on the Jaguar (choose two or
    three Origin Systems games).
 5) How you wish the Origin Systems Production Teams will attempt to get
    these great games on the Jaguar.
 6) How unbelievable Origin Systems games will be when using the graphics
    and sound capabilities of the Jaguar.
 7) How you will run out and buy Origin Systems games when they are
    produced for the Jaguar.
 8) A thank you to the person reading for reading your letter and for
    considering producing games for the Jaguar.

Thank you and please convince your friends to participate in this
campaign as well.

Jaguar Commentary

There has been some good news and some bad news for Jaguar players this
past month.  The good news is that Alien Vs. Predator is a hit despite
early reviews that the game wasn't that great.  How do I know that it is
a hit?  Besides the fact that I own the game, the majority of the online
Jaguar community enjoys Alien Vs. Predator.  Other good news is that the
flood of Jaguar games is finally here.  You should be able to find a large
number of Jaguar games at your local video game dealership by the middle of

The bad news is that Doom and other games are not expected to support
the Jaguar voice-modem that was announced by Atari in June.  Atari Crp.
either wanted the games out by Christmas so they had developers leave the
feature out or the voice-modem wasn't ready.

I hope that Atari Corp. doesn't announce too many things and not come
through with them when the company says it will.  This is because the
campany is again losing credibility with the industry, press, and

There is a lot of disappointment on the net about Jaguar Checkered Flag
not supporting networking or modem.  Dan from Rebellion told me that Atari
never intended the game to be multiplayer.  He said that if the game was
made to be multiplayer, it would take several more months to complete the

Don Thomas at Atari Corp. says that the voice-modem and networking are
a priority, but getting games out before Christmas is even a higher

Jaguar Doom is rumored not to have any music during game-play.  The reason
is unknown but some say that it is because id Software programmers used
the DSP chip for something else besides music.

id Software has given Atari Corp. permission to put the modem code into
Jaguar Doom for a re-release.  This means after Christmas, Atari Corp. may
re-release Jaguar Doom with the modem support.  But this will most likely
happen only if there is demand for it.

I encourage you to let Atari Corp. known on GEnie, through e-mail,
by calling the company, or by mailing the company a letter that you would
like to see modem and networking games for the Jaguar in 1995.  Modem
games will not happen in 1994.  This is pretty definite.  But if you want
to see them in 1995, let Atari know.

Who knows?  Maybe if we make sure that Atari knows we want multiplayer
games, we will see sequels to Checkered Flag, Alien Vs. Predator,
Iron Soldier, Doom, and other games, but with multi-player supported...

Len Stys

Upcoming Atari Shows
Mark Leair

                            <<   Computer Shows  >>

                                Updated: 10/22/94

To include shows (preferably shows that include Atari products),
for the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's Show list and the CAIN newsletter,
send the show's name, date, location, and any additional information to  Please address the e-mail with the subject
"Computer Show".  The following information is correct to the best of our
knowledge.  However, we cannot guarentee its accuracy.  Corrections and
cancellations are therefore requested.

|Shows at a Glance|
|        Name                    |     Location             |  Date    |
|1. 5th Elmshorner Computerage   |Elmshorn, Germany         |10/29/94  |
|2. Toad's Holiday Festival 1994 |Severna Park, MD          |12/03/94  |

Since many of the show information files are several pages long, we are unable
to include these due to space limitation.  However, these files can be obtained
from the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG.

Vote Issues and Results
                               << Voting Booth >>

One exciting feature of the Atari SIG is its voting booth.  Here, users can
create their own opinion polls.  The voting booth is accessible from the main
menu of the Atari SIG on the Cleveland Free-net (CFN).  Select option '11'
from this main menu to enter the voting booth.

General Information of Need

How to Contribute to CAIN

For full details on contributing to CAIN, please check out the "CAIN Online
Newsroom," option 13 from the Atari SIG's main menu.  In summary, we can
use articles, tutorials, and reviews on Atari products.  The format is simple
--ASCII format with 80 characters per line.  The text should be sent via
internet electronic mail to "".  All submissions
to CAIN become the property of CAIN, unless otherwise agreed upon.

Article Requests

Below are some suggestions of articles we would like to see in future
issues of CAIN.  For a complete list of newsletter needs, please consult the
discussion board under the CAIN Online Newsroom (option 13 from the Atari
SIG's main menu).

                              Newsletter Needs

Communications:  Any articles that fits into the area of communications (ie:
reviews, summaries, articles, tutorials on BBS systems, term or BBS
software, services, etc for any Atari computer) may be submitted to this
section.  When submitting to this section, please address this article with
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File Archives:  Any type of summary, review, or list of new files that
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Tutorials:  CAIN is actively seeking any project, "how-to," and tutorial
articles for future issues of CAIN.  These articles can be for any type of
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Atari Shows:  Not only can we use information on upcoming Atari Shows, but we
also can use reviews and summaries of recent Atari shows.  Please address this
article with the subject "Atari Show Information."

THOUGHT OF THE MONTH: All good things--evolve (including CAIN Newsletter)...
   [C]entral [A]tari [I]nformation [N]etwork Newsletter  Oct. 28, 1994
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please contact the editor of CAIN Newsletter and a correction will be made in
the next issue.
Atari, ST, Mega ST, STE, Mega STE, TT030, Atari Falcon030, TOS, MultiTOS,
NewDesk, BLiTTER, Atari Lynx, ComLynx, Atari Jaguar, Atari Portfolio,
Atari 400, 800, XL series, XE series, and the Atari Fuji Symbol are all
trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Corporation.  The "Free-Net"
name is a Servicemark (SM) of the National Public Telecomputing Network
(NPTN).  The Free-Net "FreePort" software is copyrighted by Case Western
Reserve University.  FreePort is a registered trademark of Case Western
Reserve University.  All other trademarks and identifying marks mentioned
in this issue belong to their respective owners.

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